Thanksgiving in the United States

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“If you think Independence Day is America’s defining holiday, think again. Thanksgiving deserves that title, hands-down.”

Tony Snow

I’m going to start out this post with a personal “thanksgiving”. I’m thankful for two years of successfully writing this Liberty Belle blog. This is my second Thanksgiving post and for that alone, I am thankful. I’m thankful to every single on of you, my readers, even the ones with whom I may disagree… because no matter what, you’ve continually shown up, supported and desired to learn about the Constitution and our government….regardless of how unpopular such topics have become.

It’s been a crazy two years. I started this blog in December of 2019. Little did I know just how critical or sought after the simplicity of Constitutional education was going to become within a matter of months. Yes, Americans should always be striving to know the job description of government, but there’s never a more dire need of such knowledge than in a time of crisis.

So, thank YOU everyone who desires to know and learn about the Constitution. Thank YOU for walking through these two years with me as I’ve grown, matured and changed my own views on things, sometimes at times veering into the political more than the Liberty Belle of today would. It’s been a journey and one that I so enjoy taking with every single one of you.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.

Melody Beattie

What I’ve come to realize over the past two years is something simple and yet profound. What makes America stand out from the crowd of nations that line the hallways of history?

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Is it her power? Is it her liberty? Is it her innovation and continual drive to pursue and push for more?

Or is it perhaps the fact that, in this country, we celebrate a holiday that no other country celebrates.

Thanksgiving.

Perhaps America is powerful because she is thankful. Perhaps she is free because she is thankful. And perhaps she innovates and drives for success because she’s thankful.

Consider. For one day, the whole country comes to a pause to thank the Lord for what we already have. That alone is the bane of all revolutionary, communist or socialist ideations.

The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.

H. U. Westermayer

Thankfulness abolishes anger and entitlement. Thankfulness stirs up hope and expectation and thankfulness implies that there’s someone outside of us to whom we owe our thanks. Thankfulness assumes that we are not all there is to the world and it forces us to look at what we have rather than what we lack.

So, why is Thanksgiving such a precious and unique holiday to America?

Because, in this country, thankfulness is what we were built upon.

I’m continually amazed to be able to write and research about such a beautifully messy, unique and splendid country. I’m astonished daily that, despite everything, she continues to stand for the principles of liberty and limited government. I’m thankful that the Constitution still resonates with most Americans and I’m humbled to have been born in a country where the government works for the people and not the other way around.

Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

Henry Ward Beecher

Yes, time and corruption have greatly eroded many of these precious American values but friends, they still hold true today. You and I still have an America to be thankful for. There’s hope yet because of the unnatural and wonderful attachment Americans have to the principles of liberty, limited government and the founding. We may find these attachments to be waning but, I’ve come to learn that from the perspective of foreigners, our adulation and support for such things is rare and baffling.

We don’t live in a world where the government is the law. We get to live in a world where the law is the law and government must follow the law.

Indeed, what a rarity.

Perhaps thankfulness truly is the key to what makes America so blessed. Without thankfulness, we have nothing to fight for, nothing to die for, and nothing to live for. A life rooted in unthankfulness is not life at all. Yet, here in America, I’m daily interacting with Americans of all different backgrounds and beliefs who are drawn together with an urgency for themselves and their posterity to live, fight and die for the blessings this nation has given them. Such an urgency, such a fight simply could not exist if there was nothing to be thankful for, fight for, die for and live for in the first place.

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.

W. Clement Stone

We are able to pause and, on Thanksgiving, truly acknowledge these blessings for which we are thankful.

God has blessed this nation immensely.

If we lose our thanksgiving for this blessing, we lose the blessing–the nation.

Conclusion

Friends, let me be a bit vulnerable for a moment. My heart hurts to see what’s happening in our country today, to see the flagrant disregard that my fellow Americans have for the blessings of liberty and limited government we share here. I wish I could pull all 350 million together and plead for them to see what they have, the wonderful blessing they hold in their hands, the blessing they are about to let slip through their hands and lose forever.

And friends, despite America’s flaws, previous and current, I love this nation and no matter what the future holds, I will always love her. I’m exceedingly thankful to God for the liberty America has bestowed upon me and even if it is lost in my lifetime, I will forever be grateful for her.

So, today, the day before Thanksgiving in 2021, I’m thankful that I still live in a nation called America, where liberty is proclaimed, bravery loved and thanksgiving embraced.

Happy Thanksgiving friends, Happy Thanksgiving.

The Liberty Belle

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